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Kunar Conflict - Update (as of 3 April 2019)

Situation Overview:

On the afternoon of March 23, 2019, combatants affiliated with Islamic State Khorasan (ISK) launched simultaneous attacks on Taliban positions in Digal, Korangal and Manar villages of Chapadara district, resulting in heavy fighting that has displaced over 21,000 people (3,112 families) within Kunar and Nangarhar provinces. This includes over half of the population of Chapadara district who have fled the area. Other people in affected areas may be unable to leave due to restrictions on movement, checkpoints or the challenges in moving over mountainous and remote areas.

Displaced people have mostly relocated to nearby safe villages in Taliban controlled areas; closer to the district center and the Dara E Pech areas controlled by the Government; or to the Provincial capital of Asadabad. While numbers cannot be determined accurately, several civilian casualties and injuries have been reported.

Sporadic clashes continue to be reported in several areas of the district, with indications that both sides of are reinforcing positions and continuing to mobilize, while the frontlines remain unchanged. There remains a risk that the resumption of fighting and possible counter military operations by Afghan National Security Forces could trigger further displacement.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
04 Apr 2019
Document type: 
Situation Report
Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
Coordination hub(s): 
National Level Coordination